Recovering addict Jamie Yorke has returned to England from California. With no home or family to speak of, he sticks a pin in a map and finds a small town in the Derbyshire Peak District. Matlock Bath is a quiet place—he just needs to get there, keep his head down, and stay clean. Simple, right? Until a chance meeting on the flight home alters the course of his so-called life forever.
Ex-Army medic Marc Ramsey is recovering from life-changing combat injuries while pulling nights as a trauma specialist at the local hospital. Keeping busy is a habit he can’t quit, but when Jamie—so wild and beautiful—bursts into his life, working himself into the ground isn’t as compelling as it used to be.
Marc falls hard, but chaos lurks behind Jamie’s fragile facade. He’s winning his battle against addiction, but another old foe is slowly consuming him. Both men have weathered many storms, but the path to the peace they deserve might prove the roughest ride yet.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ + half a star 🙂
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*
Soul to Keep is the second book in the Rented Heart series – the first books is titled Rented Heart and you can find my review of it here. I have seen that it is supposed to function as a standalone but I do not think this is a good idea.
Jamie, one of the two main characters, has appeared in the first book as Zac’s best friend who was still hooking and on drugs, while Zac was clean. It also tells a story how Jamie ends up in California, the place he leaves after a while. He finds California too sunny and cheerful and longs for British weather? Environment?
On the way back to England he meets a former soldier turned doctor recovering after surgery in the US and also returning to England, and who has his own recovery to do.
I liked this book, a bit less than the first one, but it was still amazing and I loved the relationship between Jamie and Marc. They both have issues to deal with, although different, and being around each other helps.
I also liked that they have not struck sexual relationship too soon, but got to know each other a bit better first.
There’s a smidge of angst considering the relationship but far less than in the author’s other books I’ve read.
Jamie also deals with OCD, which I thought was well portrayed (I don’t know all that much about it so I may be wrong). And yes, a lot of focus is on the recovery, but I LOVED that Marc knew he cannot ‘fix’ Jamie. For one, he was not broken, and you cannot fix other people.
I would recommend this book after the first one, and Zac and Liam do make an appearance, which I liked because I kind of miss them 🙂
Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.
Garrett’s debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.
When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.
Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with photographer Dan Burgess.